Visit Le-Dorat (Limousin, France)
Le-Dorat is found in the north-west corner of the Haute-Vienne department, a little to the north of Bellac and about 40 kilometres north of Limoges. Although it is only a small town there is much of interest to visitors, most notably the collegiale church of Saint-Pierre.
Exploring Le Dorat
The small town of Le-Dorat is partly surrounded by a part of its original 15th century defensive walls and attractive gardens in terraces next to the walls.
Enter the town through the Porte Bergere - a substantial gateway between two towers to the west of the town that is thought to be named after the shepherds (bergers) who once used this gate to enter the town. Originally there were four grand entrances through the fortified walls of le Dorat but of these only the Porte Bergere now remains.
Once through the gate and inside the walls you will find some attrractive streets of medieval houses to explore, many dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, and some rather grand houses from the same period. These are found particularly in the Place Saint-Jean and surrounding streets (Grand Rue, Rue Saint-Michel, Rue Raymond Chameaux ). The most important is in Rue Saint-Michel and called the Hotel de la Pouge
Above all it is for the Collegiale Saint-Pierre church that people visit Le Dorat. Constructed originally in the 12th century the church was fortified in the 15th century in part by the addition of the square tower (when the town ramparts were constructed).
One of the finest churches in the region, it features an octagonal belltower on three levels (the golden angel on the arrow on top of the tower dates from the 13th century), a shorter square tower, and several other features of interest including the stone entrance doorway, influenced by arab architectural styles, and an 11th century crypt.
Inside the church take a look at the substantial granite baptism font (which dates from a time when full body baptisms took place), the stained glass windows and the altar in the crypt.
If you enjoy visiting religious monuments you should also visit the Church of Notre-Dame with its crypt and frescoes and the other medieval monuments at Montmorillon to the north-west of Le Dorat.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Dorat, Bellac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, 87210 || GPS: latitude 46.2161, longitude 1.08222
Map of Le-Dorat & places nearby
Highlights close by
La Souterraine 31km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Le-Dorat, France
- Bellac - village d'etape (11km)
- Bessines-sur-Gartempe - village d'etape (25km)
- Montmorillon - town of art and history (28km)
- Eglise de Notre-Dame (Montmorillon) - religious monument (29km)
- Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe Abbey - heritage site (29km)
- La Souterraine - village d'etape (31km)
- Abbatiale de Saint Pierre (Lesterps) - religious monument (33km)
- Saint-Benoit-du-Sault - most beautiful village (34km)
- Confolens - town of art and history (39km)
- Abbaye de Saint-Amand (Saint-Junien) - religious monument (39km)
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